Weather Around the World

weather around the world

Weather is one of those universals that you can discuss with anyone, and this attribute makes looking at weather around the world a great way to help kids develop global awareness. Today’s activity is quick and easy. Kids find it interesting, and it’s a great ice breaker for starting all sorts of conversations.

Weather Around the World

I wanted to make this weather around the world activity accessible to all three kids (aged 2, 4, and 6). We picked cities and looked up the weather in each one. I wrote the results out on post-it notes, which the kids then placed on our map (with a little help from me). Since my family is pretty globally nomadic, I only had to resort to a non-relative for Australia! We talked about who lived (or used to live – I added in the four non-US countries where I grew up) where, what the cities were like, and how cold they were relative to one another. The kids were able to accurately pick out the coldest (Boston, on this particular day) and hottest (Perth, not surprisingly) cities! I had hoped to have them add in sunshine/rain, but my kids got sick again and I decided to keep it sweet and simple!

Are you looking to extend your kids’ learning even further? Pair this activity with this book: National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away. Thank you to Rebecca of a book long enough for this suggestion!

Do you have a fun weather-based activity for kids to share? How do you help your kids develop global awareness?

Update February 3, 2015: We have done this activity a few times over the years, and my kids always enjoy it! It’s a quick and easy activity that gets kids thinking, helps them develop connections, and inspires lots of interesting conversations. As the kids have gotten older (they are now 8, 7, 5, and 2 years old – we had one more child since I wrote this post) we have added in a component where we guess the weather before looking it up on the internet. Sometimes the results are surprising – even to me!

Comments

  1. Elisa | blissfulE says

    It IS seriously hot here this week! :) What a great map… I think I would learn a lot from an exercise like this, let alone my kids.

    • maryanne says

      90 seemed a little warm for Perth this time of year, to me… I hope to do a repeat of this over a period of time, graphing the answers – maybe when the kids are slightly older!

  2. says

    That is a great map! It’s a lovely idea to compare weather around the world. We had beautiful sunny weather last week and snow again a couple of days ago! :)

  3. says

    Great idea! When our house is built, I’d love to put up a map and teach them geography and weather, too! Awesome way to do it!

    Sorry your kids are sick again. Cavan’s sick now, too. Hope yours get over it soon.

    • maryanne says

      I hope Cavan feels better soon! 2012 has been a sick year in our house so far, and I’m ready to see some improvement!!!

  4. says

    I love your map – so colorful and versatile. How exciting that you have relatives all over the world. Come to think of it, we are quite well spread too :)

  5. says

    I LOVE this activity … so simple to prepare and a wonderful learning experience! It would be a great springboard for discussing Centigrade temperatures in Europe, too. Even though I lived in England for a year and a half while I worked on my master’s degree, I never felt comfortable converting Centigrade temperatures.

    • maryanne says

      Johnny and Lily are still sick! 2012 has not been a good year so far, health-wise. I’m just hoping that everyone is building super-strong immune systems so that we can all stay healthy when we bring home our new baby this summer!

  6. Sarah @ Frugal Fun for Boys says

    This is a great idea – I will bookmark it for use in our homeschooling. Wait, no, I’ll pin it! Lol!

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